Orthopedic Surgeon

Nicholas Abidi MD



  • Capitola

  • Los Gatos


“Helping my patients improve their function and return to their normal active lives is what makes me the happiest about my profession”


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Great experience. Dr Abidi is incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable, and kind. He expertly and efficiently assessed my foot injury and provided a course of action. Prior to our appointment, he reviewed the notes from the other doctors I had seen at Golden State Orthopedics, which I thought was above and beyond. His staff was very professional and kind as well. I did not have to wait at all for either the doctor or x-ray.

- Alexandra L

Dr. Abidi is very intelligent. He is an expert in what he does. I trust him to diagnose correctly. He cares about his patients and takes his time to explain his diagnosis clearly. He has seen me for a broken ankle, broken shoulder, torn shoulder labrum and knee problems. He really is amazing and I am always impressed with his knowledge an ability to explain things to me. He is a wonderful example of what a doctor should be.

- Nancy R

I am very grateful to have had the benefit of Dr Abidi’s expertise and excellent care in resolving a variety of orthopedic issues over the years. He listens, examines, orders appropriate studies, and then in the case of an x-ray he uses an iPad to show where the problem is and clearly explains options for treatment. Dr Abidi and his staff are an especially sharp and caring team!

- Jane B


For Patients

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Patient reported outcomes for total knee/hip replacement done by our surgeons.
Patients report significant improvement in symptoms after a total joint replacement surgery.

Total Hip Arthroscopy Outcomes – Dr. Abidi

Total Hip Arthroscopy Outcomes – All Providers

Total Knee Arthroscopy Outcomes – Dr. Abidi

Total Knee Arthroscopy Outcomes – All Providers


About Dr Abidi

I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for helping others with my ability to fix my patients’ conditions with my hands. Using a variety of orthopedic techniques, both non-surgical and surgical, I provide individualized care for hip, knee, foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries. I am happiest when my patients leave my care with improved function and return to their active lifestyles.

As an orthopedic surgeon and total joint replacement specialist, I have successfully performed many complex foot and ankle procedures since 1997. I perform minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacements, partial and total knee replacements, and total ankle replacements to those in need. In addition to total joint replacement, I have helped to pioneer many orthobiological joint arthroscopic procedures in the knee and ankle including cartilage restoration and subchondroplasty.

I spend a large part of my time volunteering with regional and national medical and civic organizations. I participate in the peer review process of medical journal publications and quality improvement. I am nationally engaged in Patient Reported Outcome studies in orthopedics while leading our orthopedic team to national recognition.

When I’m not seeing patients, I enjoy training my dogs, skiing, boating and traveling. Photography, computers and learning new technologies are some of my other interests.

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University / The Rothman Institute at Jefferson
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Molecular Biology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • California Medical Association
  • Former President, Santa Cruz County Medical Society
  • Santa Clara County Medical Association
  • Board of Directors, California Orthopaedic Association
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery-Question Writing Task Force
  • Delegate, American Medical Association
  • Lead Attending Physician, Dominican Hospital Total Joint Program
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support – Instructor Certification
  • Medical Device Patents – USPTO
  • Journal Reviewer or Associate Editor: JBJS, JAAOS, Journal of Arthroplasty

Assisting the Doctor:


Physician Assistants are highly skilled medical professionals. Dr. Abidi is joined by Raymond Villaverde, PA-C to provide the highest standard of care.

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Reviews mean so much to both the doctor providing care as well as to prospective patients. We appreciate your reviews!

Dr.Abidi performed reconstructive surgery on my ankle and 10 years later a full ankle replacement surgery. Everything came out perfect.
You can trust Dr. Abidi, he is the BEST!!

- Gabrielle H

Dr. Abidi has been wonderful in treating orthopedic injuries I have sustained over a period of years. Would not go anywhere else. Extremely skilled and very pleasant and supportive patient interaction.

- Portia T

I am in very capable hands with Dr Abidi and I would not hesitate to refer him to my family and friends for the most complicated procedure.

- Colleen S